Tall Girl 2 Release

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor

Netflix sequels seem to be all the rage nowadays, with “Enola Holmes” and “Knives Out” recently being green-lit for sequels. In 2022, there will be another addition to the sequels with 2019’s Coming of Age story “Tall Girl” receiving another installment this year. The 2019 film was focused on a 6’1 high school freshman who suffers from insecurity from her height. It was met with a lukewarm response, with a 38% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.1/10 score on IMDB. The movie, titled “Tall Girl 2”, will be released and streaming on Netflix on Friday, Feb. 11.

The movie casts Ava Michelle as Jodi Kreyman, and who is best known for her role in “Dance Moms,” with “Tall Girl” being her first major acting role. Starring alongside her as Jodi’s best friend Fareeda in “Tall Girl” is Anjelika Washington, who has played Beth Chapel/Doctor Mid-Nite in CW’s “Stargirl” since 2020. The movie also brings back Griffin Gluck and Luke Eisner as Jack Dunkleman and Stig Mohlin respectively, both of whom were Jodi’s love interests in the previous film. Sabrina Carpenter also reprises her role as Harper Kreyman, Jodi’s sister, with Steve Zahn and Angela Kinsey returning as Jodi’s parents. Newcomers have also been announced, with Johanna Liauw as Stella Mohin and Luis Castanellos as Tommy, who is rumored to be another potential love interest.

The second film picks up right after the first one, after Jodi has discovered herself and gained a boyfriend in Jack. After finding her confidence at the homecoming dance, Jodi has stepped out of her shell– she’s just booked the lead role in this year’s school musical. But as the pressure of her popularity intensifies, so do her insecurities, and her newfound relationships begin to crumble. As her newly-gained popularity has now come with consequences, Jodi realizes that learning to stand up for herself was only just the beginning. The next installment of “Tall Girl” no longer focuses on Jodi’s height; instead it focuses on Jodi as a person and how the aftermath of coming out of her shell has affected the people around her. And with the movie coming out this Feb. 11, it won’t be that long to wait.

“It’s very exaggerated. Who cares what size your Nikes are?” says junior Jazmin Naranjo.

“I think that it’s going to seem like a joke. It just keeps getting worse,” says sophomore Sydney Bloom.